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Document 029567
Civil Liability for Inadequate Prisoner Medical Care: Eye and Vision Related
Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE) Law Enforcement Legal Center (Chicago, IL).
"Jails and prisons are constitutionally mandated to provide adequate medical care to those in their care, since prisoners and detainees cannot seek medical treatment on their own. Deliberate indifference to the need for treatment of a known serious medical problem can result in civil liability. A number of cases have made it clear that included in this requirement is treatment for eye and vision problems" (p. 1). This article looks at the case law related to the mandated provision of eye and vis... Read More
10 pages
Document 027037
Civil Liabilities and Other Legal Issues for Probation/Parole Officers and Supervisors: 4th Edition
By Lyons, Phillip; Jermstad, Todd. NIC-08C77G7U3. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
The legal liabilities that probation and parole officers face as they perform their duties are explained. Chapters comprising this publication are: an overview of state and federal legal liabilities; civil liability under state law—state tort cases; civil liability under federal law—Section 1983 cases; legal representation, attorneys’ fees, and indemnification; presentence and preparole investigations and reports; supervision; conditions, modifications, and changes in status; revocation; emergin... Read More
306 pages
Document 022666
Managing Risk in Jails
By Martin, Mark D.; Reiss, Claire Lee. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
"This manual will help jails both to understand risk and its implication for jails and to develop a formal, effective risk management program that uses all of the jail's basic resources (i.e., human, financial, property, partners, and reputation" (p. v). Chapters following an introduction are: understanding risk and its implications for jails; jail risk management issues and strategies; developing a risk management program; and organizational investments for managing risk. Appendixes provide re... Read More
91 p.
Document 022570
Jails and the Constitution: An Overview
By Collins, William C.. National Institute of Corrections. Jails Division (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections. Jails Division (Washington, DC).
This publication "reviews the history of correctional law and summarizes the results and effects of major court decisions" (p. 4). Sections comprising this document include: introduction; history of court involvement; corrections and the Constitution in a new century; the Constitution and the physical plant; understanding Section 1983 lawsuits; how courts evaluate claims -- the balancing test; the First Amendment; the Fourth Amendment; the Eighth Amendment -- overview; the 8th Amendment -- use ... Read More
93 p.
Document 022318
Avoiding Your Day in Court -- Addressing Training Liability Through Defensible Strategies
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
Liability issues related to correctional training programs are discussed. Participants will be able to:
  • Analyze training programs to determine if they are legally defensible;
  • Determine the need to acquire copyright permission for material used;
  • Identify alternative delivery strategies applicable to a particular setting;
  • Apply the elements of a good documentation system to their agency/facility;
  • And analyze their current system and develop a plan to correct any de... Read More
60 p.
Document 016070
Application and Use of Restraints in Custody: Reducing the Risk
  • [Videoconference Held April 19, 2000]
  • National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    This presentation will increase the user's understanding of the risks associated with the use of restraints, tools to reduce risk, and the proper way to use restraints in custody. Issues discussed include:
    • Potential problems and concerns with the use of restraints;
    • Terminology, physiology, and medical risks associated with the application and use of restraints;
    • Planned and unplanned use of force;
    • The need for policy development, training, and monitoring;
    • Tools to reduce th... Read More
    1 DVD (162 min.)
    Document 015235
    Managing Conflict in the Workplace [Satellite/Internet Broadcast on April 7, 1999]
    National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
    Among the more difficult challenges existing within personnel management is conflict resolution. This videoconference focuses upon managing conflict in a correctional setting. The panel of experts presents information on the history of workplace conflict, how to identify potential and actual sources of conflict, strategies for agencies to manage workplace conflict and prevent or reduce litigation, methods for agencies to assess their effectiveness in managing conflict, and resources for furt... Read More
    1 DVD (120 min.)
    Document 014848
    Jail Design and Operation and the Constitution: An Overview
    By Collins, William C.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    The Constitution protects inmates in jails and prisons, and this paper discusses the continuing challenge of deciding what those protections mean in practice and the struggle to assure that inmate rights are met. "Condition cases" have resulted in courts reducing jail populations and have a great impact on facility design and operation and the cost of operating a jail. Legal issues whose impact are primarily operational are also highlighted. The title: Jails and the Constitution: An Overview (#0... Read More
    77 p.
    Document 006754
    What if Something Happens? A Guide to Risk Management and Insurance Options for Community Service Programs
    By Van Keulen, Crestienne. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Community Service Sentencing Association (San Rafael, CA); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    Specific examples of risk management techniques used in administering community service programs are provided in this report.... Read More
    Document 004468
    Civil Liabilities of Parole Personnel for Release, Non-Release, Supervision, and Revocation
    By del Carmen, Rolando V.; Louis, Paul T.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Sam Houston State University, Criminal Justice Center (Huntsville, TX); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    This document provides a practitioner-oriented discussion of legal liability issues surrounding parole decisionmaking.... Read More
    49 p.
    Document 005425
    Basic Guide to Mental Health Services in Jails: The Workbook
    By Lloyd, Lillis M.. Correctional Management Consultants (Phoenix, AZ); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    Areas addressed include history of mental health in jails, major types of mental disorders, personality disorders, suicide awareness/prevention, and liability and negligence. Length of training is sixteen hours. Audience includes correctional professionals such as officers, mental health staff, social workers, counselors, nurses, and intake and classification workers. The training package consists of a one-volume manual.... Read More
    120 p.
    Document 004534
    Liability Issues in Community Service Sanctions
    By del Carmen, Rolando V.; Trook-White, Eve. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections, Community Corrections Division (Washington, DC).
    This report covers liability issues in community service sanctions.... Read More
    48 pages
    Document 005291
    Potential Liabilities of Probation and Parole Officers
    By del Carmen, Rolando V.; Axilbund, Melvin T.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Sam Houston State University, Criminal Justice Center (Huntsville, TX); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); South Carolina Dept. of Parole and Community Corrections, Staff Development and Training (Columbia, SC).
    Contents: (Pt. 1) Main text -- (Pt. 2) Study guide. Six months are given to complete the course from the date of receipt. Audience includes all probation and parole agents and administrators. Training package consists of two manuals.... Read More
    2 v. (v.1 - 202 p.)
    Document 006258
    Licensing Jail Employees in Minnesota
    National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Minnesota Jail Resource Center (St. Paul, MN); Minnesota State Sheriff's Association. Jail Employee Task Force (St. Paul, MN).
    Title of project: Development of Minnesota Resources to Assist Jails. Included with the report is a video cassette entitled "Civil Liabilities" by Lynn Lund (VHS format, six hours running time).... Read More
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